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U2 released its new 11-track “Songs of Innocence” live on stage with Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook. The album immediately appeared in iTunes users’ music libraries.
However, the giveaway to more than 500 million iTunes users will not count toward official music sales figures at Nielsen SoundScan because it was distributed for free.
The band will release “Songs of Innocence” and a deluxe version featuring four new tracks and acoustic performances to the rest of the world on Oct. 14, its label Interscope Records, said on Tuesday.